Finding the Best Match for Your Family
Canine Academy offers training services designed to meet your dog’s needs and match your lifestyle. First, consider whether you have the time and energy to dedicate to giving your dog the new skills they need to be your best canine companion. If so, our group learning environment might be right for you. If you prefer to have one of our professional trainers work hands-on with your dog and coach your family through successful habit building, our board and train programs can accelerate your success.
Finally, consider your dog’s current behavior. Do you have a puppy? Are you struggling with symptoms of reactivity or separation anxiety? Or do you just want the reliable canine companion of your dreams? Our programs are specifically designed to support you in creating the canine companion you want, no matter your current state.
Dog Training Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few things you can consider when determining whether or not your dog will thrive in a group setting:
Personality: Does your dog tend to be confident and social, or are they more reserved and timid? Dogs who are confident and social may do better in a group setting, as they are more likely to be comfortable interacting with other dogs.
Previous experience: Has your dog had experience interacting with other dogs in a group setting before? If so, did they enjoy the experience and behave well?
Health: Is your dog in good health? If your dog has any medical issues that might make it difficult for them to interact with other dogs, it may be best to avoid group settings.
Overall, it is important to observe your dog’s behavior and consider their personality, previous experiences, and health when determining whether or not they will thrive in a group setting.
Socializing your dog is an important part of responsible dog ownership, as it helps your dog learn to behave appropriately and comfortably around other people and animals. Here are a few tips for safely socializing your dog:
Start early: It is generally easier to socialize a puppy, as they are more open to new experiences and tend to be less fearful. However, it is never too late to socialize an adult dog!
Gradually expose your dog to new people and situations: Start by introducing your dog to a few people at a time, and gradually increase the number of people and the level of stimulation as your dog becomes more comfortable.
Use positive reinforcement: Use treats and praise to reward your dog for good behavior around new people and situations.
Avoid forcing your dog to interact: If your dog shows signs of discomfort or fear, remove them from that situation.
A board and train program is a type of dog training program in which the dog stays in the care of a professional dog trainer for a period of time. During this time, the trainer works with the dog on obedience training, building confidence, and incentivizing patience.
There are several benefits to a board and train program:
Intensive training: Because the dog is in the care of the trainer for a period of time, they are able to receive more intensive and focused training combined with exposure to new and tantalizing distractions. At the end of a board and train stay, you can expect your dog to succeed at each command under high levels of distraction, for a duration of time, and a distance from their handler.
Professional guidance: A professional trainer has the experience and knowledge to work with dogs of all personalities and dispositions. Positive reinforcement training is the foundation for all Canine Academy training programs, which not only teach your dog how to be a good boy or girl, but ensures they are happy and safe during training as well.
Consistency: Habit development is a key aspect to life-long training success. A board and train program helps to set the foundation from which building those habits is achievable.
Separation anxiety is a common behavior issue in dogs that occurs when a dog becomes anxious or distressed when separated from their owner or primary caregiver. Symptoms of separation anxiety can include excessive barking or whining, destructive behavior, elimination (urinating or defecating indoors), and attempts to escape.
Separation anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, and every dog’s experience is different. Obedience training can be an effective way to help reduce symptoms of separation anxiety by building confidence, structure and a sense of purpose.
Training also promotes both exercise and mental stimulation. When the dog is actively focused on doing a job and is physically or mentally tired, they are less likely to exhibit signs of anxiety.
Dog reactivity refers to a dog’s tendency to become overly excited, anxious, or aggressive in response to certain stimuli, such as other dogs, people, or objects (toys, food, etc).
Training can be an effective way to help a dog manage or even eliminate reactivity. Here are a few training methods that may be helpful:
Desensitization and counterconditioning: This involves gradually exposing the dog to the stimuli that trigger their reactivity (such as other dogs) and rewarding him for calm behavior. Over time, this can help the dog learn to associate the trigger with positive experiences instead of anxiety or aggression.
Obedience training: Teaching the dog basic obedience commands (such as “sit,” “stay,” and “come”) can give him a sense of structure and purpose, which can help reduce reactivity.
Leash training: Teaching the dog to walk calmly on a leash can help prevent him from becoming reactive when out on walks.
Exercise and mental stimulation: Providing the dog with adequate exercise and mental stimulation can help tire him out and reduce reactivity.
Preventing dog reactivity or separation anxiety can be a challenging task, but there are some things you can try to help your dog feel more comfortable and secure. Here are a few ideas:
Provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation: Regular exercise and mental stimulation can help your dog feel more balanced and calm. This can be in the form of walks, runs, games, and training sessions.
Gradually acclimate your dog to being alone: If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, try leaving them alone for short periods of time and gradually increasing the duration over time. This can help your dog become more accustomed to being alone.
Use positive reinforcement training: Use positive reinforcement techniques to teach your dog to associate good things with being alone or encountering other dogs or people.
Create a safe space: Provide your dog with a crate or designated area where they can feel safe and secure when they are alone or when they are feeling anxious.
Consult with a professional: If your dog’s reactivity or separation anxiety is severe or not improving, consider consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist for additional guidance and support.
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